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Attention hikers and paddlers within Wharton State Forest: If you are planning a multiple, consecutive night stay along our rivers and trail system and will be utilizing more than one campground, please make your reservation by calling 1-855-607-3074.
Attention Batona Trail hikers: If you are planning a multiple, consecutive night stay along the Batona Trail and will be utilizing more than one campground, please make your reservation by calling 1-855-607-3074.
Attention Campers:
  • To camp with a pet at a pet friendly site, campers must have current rabies vaccination certificate at the office and pay the $5 per night fee (for up to two dogs per permit) upon arrival at the office.
  • Campers must pick up their permit at the office the day they are camping and will receive the daily fire regulations.


  • New Jersey's Free Fishing Days:
    Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014. Free fishing days are held annually in New Jersey to provide an introduction to freshwater fishing within all public waters. This is a perfect time for families to get out and enjoy two days of fun for free. No fishing license or trout stamp is needed, but all other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.
    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ffd.htm

    TRANSACTION FEE FOR 2014:
    Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

    WHARTON STATE FOREST, NJ

    Photo: WHARTON STATE FOREST
    Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
    Max reservation window: Wed Mar 18 2015   Later Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Non Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Sat May 24 2014
    Peak Sun May 25 2014 Tue Sep 02 2014
    Non Peak Wed Sep 03 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Non Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Sun May 24 2015